Sixth Operational Phase of the GEF SGP in Kazakhstan

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From August 18, 2017 to October 17, 2021

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems
  2. 4.7 Ensure education, skills to promote sustainable development
  3. 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing

Project ID: 5469

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Technical team

  • Climate Strategies and Policy Programme

Cross-cutting programme(s)

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme
  • Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Ecosystem-based adaptation
  • Fostering Food Security and resilient agricultural systems


  • Grasslands
  • Deserts


  • Steppes
  • Drylands
  • Grazing lands
  • Semi-arid (cold winter) deserts

Transformed sector(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Fisheries
  • Livestock

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Direct support / Service Delivery
  • Innovative approaches


  • Governance
  • Enabling
  • Mitigation adaptation


  • Partnerships
  • Inter-sectoral coordination
  • Adaptive governance
  • Mainstream
  • Advocacy (towards policy makers)
  • Community engagement
  • Impact assessment
  • Ecosystem mitigation and adaptation
  • Erosion prevention

Social inclusion

  • Youth/Children
  • Disabled
  • Elderly

Gender equality

  • Women's access to and control over resources
  • Women decision making
  • Women farmers

Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender responsive


  • Systems pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 2.4 Ensure sustainable food production, maintain key ecosystems
  • 4.7 Ensure education, skills to promote sustainable development
  • 15.6 Promote fair, equitable benefits sharing

Conventions and protocols

  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Other Global Conventions

Private sector(s)

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Individuals/Entrepreneurs

Hot topic

  • Green recovery
  • Poverty reduction
  • Public-private partnership

About this project


Community-level organizations in Kazakhstan often lack essential adaptive management capabilities such as technical know-how, planning skills, experimentation capacities and organizational abilities, and may resort to unsustainable land and biodiversity resource-use practices that can threaten desert and steppe ecosystems. This phase of the SGP will focus on desert and steppe landscapes by supporting community organizations to develop and implement adaptive management projects that build social, economic, and ecological resilience based on, and reinforced, by global environmental and local sustainable development benefits. Community organizations' activities that promote climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable land management, including agro-ecosystem management and integrated water resources management, and biodiversity conservation, will be supported and synergized to achieve results at the landscape level.


To build the socio-ecological resilience of steppe and desert landscapes of Kazakhstan by securing global environmental benefits from community-based management of biodiversity, ecosystem function, and land, water, and biomass resources.

USD $2,739,726

Grant amount

USD $4,702,400

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,739,726)

Implementing partner(s)

  • UN Office for Project Services

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